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Community Educational Outreach Service

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Learn about CEOS Clubs in West Virginia

The Community Educational Outreach Service is a WVU Extension-supported membership organization open to the public with a focus on member education and community service.

All About Community Educational Outreach Service

Members of WVCEOS are people like you!

Together, members conduct and participate in motivating educational activities that help members continue education, serve their community and socialize. Join the CEOS organization by calling your local WVU Extension office and start making a difference today.

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A statewide club supporting West Virginia since 1914

WVCEOS is a voluntary, nonprofit organization functioning in cooperation with West Virginia University Extension. It is one of the largest educational organizations in the nation.

Over the past decade, West Virginia CEOS members performed more than 5.6 million hours of service for communities in need.

CEOS program areas of emphasis include preserving the environment, building family strengths, and increasing awareness of our global interdependence.

Through dedicated service and continued education, CEOS members strengthen individuals, families and communities across West Virginia.

In West Virginia, the first club (then a Farm Women’s Club) was established on December 14, 1914. Today, approximately 2,000 members participate in this outstanding program, available in all 55 counties.

Member Materials


Updated yearly, the handbook lists officers, contacts and other important information.

CEOS Handbook


View CEOS Lesson Archives.

CEOS Lessons


Learn more about what it means to be a CEOS member.

CEOS Brochure

For more information about joining, contact your county WVU Extension office or 

WVU Extension Family & Community Development
P.O. Box 6031 Morgantown, WV 26506-6031

Information for running a club

CEOS Lessons

CEOS Press Release—fill in the blank and submit to your county paper to recruit new members.


By offering these scholarships, the West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service, in cooperation with WVU Extension, seeks to increase knowledge and understanding about our world, to encourage youths to learn life skills and become leaders, and to promote study in the family and consumer sciences and helping professions. Download the WVCEOS Scholarship Brochure to learn more.

Health Motivator Materials

Initiated by WVU Extension, the West Virginia Health Motivator program empowers friends, colleagues, faith groups and community clubs of all kinds to unite for better health. Members who elect to become a Health Motivator within their circle can use the resources included below to host monthly meetings centered around physical activity, healthy lifestyle decisions and more.

If you’re interested in starting a Health Motivators group in your community, reach out to your local WVU Extension office or contact Tony Michael by emailing, or calling 304-293-6967.

Healthy Motivators materials available upon request, contact Tony Michael for more information.

National Volunteer Outreach Network

The National Volunteer Outreach Network is comprised of organizations, such as CEOS, that advocate communication, education and volunteerism. To learn more or to attend the NVON conference, visit

Annual Conference

Get CEOS Annual Conference Information


2023 Spring CEOS Conference Recordings Hearts of Gold is a service dog training program providing service dogs for individuals with mobility impairment and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Partnering with the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Interdisciplinary Curriculum of West Virginia University, the program offers university courses in service dog training, is developing research activities and provides many other services to the community.

This 1-Hour training will help you; Recognize the warning signs of suicide, Know how to offer hope, Know how to get help and save a life.

This workshop will show you the basics of making charcuterie. What is needed, how to fill a board, presentation, nutrition and food safety.

Browse all past CEOS news articles

How Does Community Service Relate to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree?

Debbie Blehscmidt, president of Cass CEOS in Monongalia County, brought a project idea to her club members early in 2023. After posting it on Facebook, Cass CEOS realized they could turn their crafts into a service project to support a community organization.

Happy holidays…happy holidays!

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No, it’s not December yet, but West Virginians are already busy helping the U.S. Forest Service prepare for the Capitol Christmas Tree. This year, the tree will come from West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest (the third time West Virginia has been chosen to provide the tree). In addition to the large 60+ foot tree, West Virginia also will provide 60 companion trees (normal size trees) that will be located in various Capitol buildings.

Of course, these trees need decorations! The U.S. Forest Service has tasked groups all over the state, including 4-H and CEOS, to help provide handmade ornaments for the various trees. The project team is also looking for help with handmade tree skirts for the various trees. Many of our 4-H camps are hosting a service project around this effort.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the state and its culture to thousands of visitors who will see the tree later this year.

To participate or learn more about this project, visit the Capitol Christmas Tree site for details.
If your CEOS group participates, please be sure to let us know. WVU Extension Communications would like to film some video of groups working on this project and/or with their finished ornaments or tree skirts. You can email with those details.

2021 CEOS Impact

CEOS members make a difference in their communities.

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2,466 Members

There are 2,466 CEOS members across the state of West Virginia.

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42 Counties

CEOS clubs are located in 42 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

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255,500 Hours

In 2021, CEOS members reported 255,500 hours of completed service hours. That’s nearly 30 years of service!

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Calculated at the hourly volunteer rate ($28.54), CEOS members gave $7.2 million of service in 2021.